3rd-gen Nissan Note bows in Japan with new looks and strengths

24-11-2020 15:00
The first Nissan Note was an international model, but the second generation saw it retreat from U.S. and Europe markets following so-so sales. The Note still stays strong in Japan, however, and the third generation revealed today is testimony to that.

The first Nissan Note was an international model, but the second generation saw it retreat from U.S. and Europe markets following so-so sales. The Note still stays strong in Japan, however, and the third generation revealed today is testimony to that.

The compact MPV trades its old V platform for the newest CMF-B, becoming 55 mm shorter (now 4,045 mm), 15 mm less tall (1,505 mm) and losing 20 mm of inter-axle spacing (2,580 mm). The width stays unchanged at 1,695 mm, and the road clearance is as low as 120 mm. Alloy wheels are restricted to the top spec only, and the curb weight still amounts to 1,190 kg.

All powertrains are now hybridized. The Nissan e-Power system already drives over 430,000 cars around the world, and the new Note takes advantage of the latest iteration of the tech. An electric motor rotates the wheels, while an electronically controlled gas engine serves solely as a power generator. The front axle motor now produces 116 PS and 280 Nm of torque instead of the former 109 PS and 254 Nm, and the optional rear axle motor goes from 5 PS to 68 PS. The naturally aspirated, 1.2-liter, three-cylinder gas engine stays virtually the same, going from 79 to 82 PS while keeping the 103 Nm of peak torque.

The interior gains a seven-inch digital dashboard, a nine-inch central display and a two-tier center tunnel. The ProPilot track assist package receives an update.

Sales in Japan will begin in December starting from the equivalent of U.S. $19,400 for the FWD version. All-wheel-drive trims should start shipping in February at so far undisclosed prices. No mention has been made of international sales.

Editor Andrew Raspopov
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